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April 4, 2019

At a time when keeping connected with loved ones is as easy as lifting your mobile phone from your pocket, it is comforting to know that those close to us really are within reach at any given moment. However, when it comes to supervising your child at our (or any) swimming pools, the concept of being within arms reach has an even greater significance.

Here, it is a matter of life and death.

Over the last few months, our lifeguards have saved the lives of several children whose parents or guardians were otherwise preoccupied on their phones – one of the recoveries occurred within arms reach of the parent, who was too busy on their phone.

Our lifeguards are an important safety feature but they DO NOT replace the close supervision of accompanying adults. A puddle of water is enough to cause an infant to drown, and as many as 20% of near-drowning survivors suffer permanent neurological disability.

We understand how easy it is to have new notifications or having the latest news at your fingertips but we urge you to remember the reason why you are where you are. It is for the sake of the loved one(s) who, at this moment are relying on you.

Keep safe and happy swimming for all of our customers!


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April 4, 2019

As the summer season comes to a close, there will be alternative operating hours for the winter break.

The Adult Squads will move indoors on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 7pm which will occupy the entire 25m pool.

Coffs Harbour’s opening hours during April – August for the public:

Monday 5:30am – 7:00pm
Tuesday 5:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday 5:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday 5:30am – 6:00pm
Friday 5:30am – 7:00pm
Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm


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April 4, 2019

Our Adolescent Program is for those older swimmers who are not confident in an aquatic environment through to those swimmers who are wanting to perfect their strokes.

Our program offers the opportunity for adolescents to learn to swim in an environment with their peers and is primarily swimmers aged between 13 – 18 years.

We differentiate the levels between beginner, intermediate and advanced, so everyone has the opportunity to continue to learn and develop no matter their capability!

For more information click here!


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March 19, 2019

Did you know the youngest age a child can start swimming lessons is 4 months old? Our Infants Program begins at 4 months through to 3 years, with a focus on water confidence and safety skills. Through fun and play, we nurture a lifetime of love for the water.

With a parent in the water and the knowledge of our instructors, our Aquatot level will encourage and educate both the child & parent on the basics of water safety. We aim to teach the child a love & respect for the water activities and games!

You can enquire about our infant classes with the link here!


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February 25, 2019

BlueFit Swimming are proud to have make-up lessons available for our learn to swim students. Through the parent portal you can mark an absence and book your make up lessons.

Parents now have access to the parent portal which allows you to manage your class bookings including:

  • Mark yourself absent and book make ups
  • Access swim school resources
  • Update Payment Details
  • Check class progress
  • Pay Outstanding Fees
  • Book additional Lessons

To access the portal head to www.bluefitswimming.com.au/myportal

Don’t forget learn to swim students also have access to the aquatic centre free 7 days a week!

For more information about our learn to swim program contact coffsharbour@bluefitswimming.com.au


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February 25, 2019
You’ve signed up for swimming, gotten the kids ready, packed the car, brought a change of clothes and even packed their favourite treats only to arrive at the pool with a screaming inconsolable child that is too scared to swim. Many of us have been there, it can be tough. Here are some helpful tips to get your child to love the water!
Understanding where the fear comes from
In young children, fear is often related to developmental advances that give kids a new (but not always realistic) awareness of potential dangers. As they pass different developmental milestones they develop fears based on their perception of danger, reality and imagination.
Couple this with a bad experience can lead to a prolonged period of fear. A slip in the tub that momentarily dunked his face in the water or a loud motorboat that startled him at the beach can spook a child for months afterward.
Tips for Overcoming the fear?
  • Always take your child’s fear seriously but don’t overreact or overdramatise it.
  • Praise and encourage your child when he tries to overcome fear. Express confidence he will eventually succeed.
  • Find ways to break the feared experience into small, manageable steps eg. practice “swimming” in the bath, dip feet and toys into the toddler pool until they are comfortable.
  • Give your child frequent reassurance she is safe. One technique to try is for you to go into the water and have your child throw a toy at you. You then bring the toy to the pool edge and continue this activity to reassure them that its safe and you will guide them back to the pool edge.
  • Find storybooks that discuss the fear to read with your child. EG. Peppa and George Go Swimming,
  • Familiarise your child with the pool before starting lessons and keep pool sessions short. Start with 5-10 minutes if your child really isn’t comfortable and slowly increase them over time.
  • Get the right equipment- Whether its Batman swimmers, Peppa Pig goggles, bath toys or floaties. Make sure you are equipped to give them the best possible experience. Just remember that floaties can provide a false sense of security to and are in no way a good substitute for actually being able to swim —  so keep your little one at arm’s length whether she’s wearing a flotation aid or not.
  • If getting their face wet is the issue, dip a cloth or sponge in the pool and dab one another’s face so they can get used to the wetness. Have them bring a handful of water up to her mouth and blow bubbles. Blow a rubber duck across the surface, slowly working on getting the face closer to the water.
  • Be patient. Respect that your child is genuinely fearful and don’t force them to go any faster than they are able. Try each of these activities as many times as necessary until your child become comfortable
  • Do not wait until your child gets older to teach them to swim. Fear does not necessarily diminish with age. Safe and positive exposure to the water will help diminish the fear
  • Make it fun!
  • Stay positive, be patient and don’t give up. While it can be disheartening to feel like the only parent with a screaming child, most of us have been there. Keep taking small steps towards the goal of swimming!

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January 17, 2019

Goodbye Upfront Term Payments, hello affordable fortnightly direct debit payments! We are very excited about the changes to our swimming lessons which means you can now access the swimming program all year round!

We will no longer run a term based program but will instead have lessons 50 weeks of the year with a break for Christmas/NY, Easter and Public Holidays. This means you can now enrol and cancel as you please.

Included in this change will be the implementation of the parent portal which will allow you to book a make up lesson for a class you can’t attend. Please click here for more information about our make up policy.

What is the parent portal?

The parent portal is an online portal which allows you to manage your class payments

  • Mark yourself absent and book make ups
  • Access swim school resources
  • Update Payment Details
  • Check class progress
  • Pay Outstanding Fees
  • Book additional Lessons

More information about the parent portal will be sent at the end of January. To find out more about our swimming program please visit www.bluefitswimming.com.au

 


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December 7, 2018

Want to build your child’s confidence in the water? Kickstart their swimming progress in 2019 with our Holiday Intensives and Stroke Clinics.

Swimming is an important life skill and we urge all parents to ensure their children a swim safe this Summer. Our Holiday Intensives have been designed to significantly improve your child’s swim skills over a short period, with students taking part in lessons every day over a period of 5 days.

It is this successive repetition that makes it the ideal program to boost your child’s skills and water confidence.

Week 1: Monday 7th – Friday 11th January

Week 2: Monday 14th – Friday 18th January

Week 3: Monday 21st – Friday 25th January

Please email coffsharbour@bluefitswimming.com.au to book your spot.


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December 7, 2018

Want access to the pool 7 days a week?

Bookings for our 2019 swim school program have now opened!

As part of the many benefits fo the BlueFit Swimming program, students enrolled in the program get free access to the pool 7 days a week, with a full paying adult.

We’ve made improvements to our program to ensure that students learn in a structured and fun environment! Get in early and secure your place in the program.

For more information about our swimming program email coffsharbour@bluefitswimming.com.au or call 1300 252 583


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December 4, 2018

It’s school carnival season and we are looking forward to seeing the boisterous display of school spirit echoing through our facility

When these events are on you will notice the facility may become quite busy and loud during school hours.

We suggest checking our website for upcoming carnival dates and as always we recommend checking out Lane Availability regularly

For parents and family wanting to attend carnivals at the centre, there is a small spectator fee that applies.

Coffs Harbour Carnivals   2018/19

SCHOOL DAY DATE YEAR TIME AREA
Bonville Public School Friday 1st February 2019 9:30am – approx. 2:30pm 50m & gym
Boambee Public School Monday 4th February 2019 9:00 – approx. 2:00pm 50m
Toormina Public School Tuesday 5th February 2019 9:30am – approx. 2:30pm 50m
Coffs Harbour Christian Community Junior School Wednesday 6th February 2019 8:30am – approx. 2:30pm 50m
Coffs Harbour High School Thursday 7th February 2019 8:30am – approx. 3:00pm 50m
Narranga Public School Friday 8th February 2019 9:30am – approx. 2:30pm 50m & gym
Bishop Druitt College (high) Monday 11th February 2019 7:30am – approx. 3:00pm 50m/gym/25m
Bishop Druitt College (primary) Tuesday 12th February 2019 7:30am – approx. 3:00pm 50m/gym/25m
Coffs Harbour Christian Community Secondary School Wednesday 13th February 2019 8:30am – approx. 2:30pm 50m/gym
Saint John Paul College Thursday 14th February 2019 8:30am – approx. 2:30pm 50m/gym
Orara High School Friday 15th February 2019 8:30am – approx. 2:45pm 50m/gym
Clarence Zone Regional Carnival Monday 18th February 2019 9:00am – approx. 2:00pm 50m/gym
Toormina District PSSA Tuesday 19th February 2019 8:45am – approx. 2:00pm 50m/gym
Kororo Public School Wednesday 20th February 2019 9:40am – approx. 2:40pm 50m/gym
Tyalla Public School Thursday 21st February 2019 8:30am – approx. 3:00pm 50m/gym
Coffs Harbour Public School Friday 22nd February 2019 9:30am – approx. 2:30pm 50m
Coffs Harbour PSSA Monday 25th February 2019 8:30am – approx. 2:30pm 50m/Gym
Tuesday 2019 9:30am – approx. 2:30pm
MNC JNR Wednesday 27th February 2019 8:15am – approx. 2:00pm 50m
MNC High Thursday 28th February 2019 8:30am – approx. 2:30pm 50m
St. Augustines Primary School Friday 1st March 2019 8:00am- approx. 3:00pm 50m